Saqi's Yasmin wins Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Saqi's Yasmin wins Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Rukhsana Yasmin, commissioning editor at The Westbourne Press, has won this year's Kim Scott Walwyn Prize.

The £1,000 prize, which now recognises professional achievement and promise in women publishers in the first seven years of their career, was awarded by Faber editor Matthew Hollis at a ceremony at the Free Word Centre last night (Wednesday 9th May).

The judging panel, which included last year's winner Kay Peddle, editor at The Bodley Head, praised Yasmin's "passion, perserverance, determination and impeccable literary taste".

Yasmin took her first job in publishing in 2007, starting as a trainee on the Arts Council's Diversity in Publishing Scheme at Saqi Books. She then moved to Profile Books in 2009 as an assistant editor, being promoted to editor in 2010. In February this year, Yasmin returned to Saqi, taking on the role of commissioning editor at newly-launched imprint The Westbourne Press.

The prize is managed by Booktrust and sponsored by the Society of Young Publishers and the Publishing Training Centre, which also awards a two-day course to the winner.